Mountaintop Resort in the Heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region
A warm lagoon pool that's bathed in sunlight always looks inviting, but especially after spending a day skiing down one of three New Hampshire mountains. In the middle of 525 acres of hardwood forests, within a 20-minute drive of Gunstock Mountain Resort, and less than an hour drive from Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, and Ragged Mountain Resort, Steele Hill Resorts houses a steamy glass atrium pool area that offers everything a sore skier could want: a heated pool, a sauna, a jacuzzi, and a roman bath. The atrium's relaxing options can recharge visitors to explore the resort itself, where families skate on the pond, sled, snowshoe, or climb an observation tower for 360-degree views of the White Mountains and New Hampshire’s Lakes Region spread out below.
Inside one of the resort's one-bedroom suites, a private balcony overlooks the lakes and mountains, and a fully equipped kitchen assists in making a celebratory dinner for the anniversary of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff. Each room is slightly different—the West Wing suite boasts a fireplace; the East Wing suite has a jacuzzi bathtub; and the North Wing has the best access to the smaller, less-busy resort pool. This deal includes a $30 resort credit valid for snowshoe and movie rentals, or to use at The Hilltop, where chefs prepare apple-and-walnut-stuffed pork and bison burgers in a restaurant surrounded on all sides by the New Hampshire countryside.
Those who stay on Steele Hill property will stay active, whether they explore the resort's five miles of wanderable trails, or the private catch-and-release fishing pond. Children that bring their own toboggans can whiz down the sledding hill or head over to play the Xbox Kinect in the main building’s lobby.
Sanbornton, New Hampshire: Winter Sports and Family Activities in Shadow of White Mountains
Located north of Concord and Manchester and south of the White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire's Lakes Region attracts hikers, bikers, and local wildlife, such as fox, moose, and deer. In the spring, Lake Winnipesaukee is a serene spot for sailing and boating, and the winter brings snowmobiling and ice fishing for pickerel, white perch, and pizza-flavored Goldfish.